HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc414-5
59. Dr. Howitt

asked the Minister of Health what arrangements he is making for the re-opening of infant welfare centres in London, in view of the fact that more than 50 per cent. of the infant population of London is now resident in London?

Mr. Elliot

I commuicated with all the metropolitan boroughs on this subject about the middle of October. Infant welfare centres are now open in the great majority of the metropolitan boroughs. The reopening of further centres is a matter in the first instance for the responsible welfare authorities, acting in the light of their knowledge of local needs and of the facilities available in their areas. If my hon. Friend has any particular area in mind and will communicate with me, I shall be pleased to make inquiry.

Dr. Howitt

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the importance of having the same doctors returned to this service wherever possible as they are known to the mothers and will be better able to carry on with the work which they had been doing before the outbreak of war?

Mr. Elliot

I have that matter in mind. I am aware of the great importance which mothers attach to being attended by medical practitioners in whom they have confidence.